*later replaced after stewards changed*. Despite starting from the 15th place on the grid, Verstappen (Red Bull) finished second only to his team Perez who easily won the Jeddah F1 GP. Third place for Russell (Mercedes) who was promoted from the fourth place after Alonso (Aston Martin) was penalized with 10 seconds penalty to not serve correctly a previous penalty. In fifth place Hamilton able to recover from the 8th place. Sixth and seventh place for Sainz and Leclerc and their Ferrari.
Alonso had already celebrated his podium number 100 when the FIA announced the new penalty. Before he picked up a five-second penalty for being out of position at the start, lining up to the left of his third grid slot. And not unlike Ocon, Alonso was investigated again for not serving his time penalty correctly during his only pitstop. After a lengthy delay, the FIA stewards concluded one of Alonso's mechanics was touching the car before the five-second penalty window was up.
After only one race, the F1 system is already under pressure, with many different teams busy with the research of new solutions to improve cars. Ferrari and Mercedes are making no mystery they are actively trying to change their cars to fill the gap between them and Red Bull and Aston Martin. To do this, they are also looking to find the best engineers team.
David Sanchez - head of aerodynamics - just left the Ferrari and rumors have been going on about others Sanchez colleagues ready to work for Ferrari’s competitors. Fred Vasseur would be ready to call back Alex Cinelli, the famous Schumacher engineer, to reshape Ferrari team around him.
The wait is almost over. On Thursday Ferrari will present its new car. The teaser - released few days ago - lasts just few second, and shows leather details, carbon components and an elegant but always sporty steering wheel. Experts are betting this will be the new Roma spider. Speculations are it could also be a new version for the Purosangue. Introducing a new Roma model, with a cabriolet version, could complete the offer for the Roma serie, right now only with hardtop.
Rumors about a new version of the iconic Roma model are spreading since last September when a similar car was road testing during night time around Maranello.
Amelia Island 2023 car week closed with a bunch of records. This 2023 has been - so far - the biggest year ever for the Amelia Island auctions, with $178M in sales, reaching and passing the 2016 record of $140M, and adding 50 millions more compare to the 2022 edition. The trend was already evident after Monterey last summer and more recently in Scottsdale, where the selling also run fast and high.
Anyway, the Amelia record is remarkable for the high price of the offer, with some 12 percent of the vehicles carried an estimate of $1M or higher. The top sale of the week—and all year so far—was Gooding & Company’s 1962 250 GT SWB Ferrari California Spider that brought $18M. The price beats the Hagerty Price Guide’s condition #1 value, even factoring the premium collectors typically pay for side vents.
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen won the first race of the year in Bahrain, dominating all race long during a Grand Prix that is unfortunate for Ferrari team and strong for Alonso and his Aston Martin. Despite Sergio Perez was immediately passed by Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari at the starting, the Ferrari driver was forced to retire for engine problems 16 laps before the end.
Alonso conquered the third place, overtaking Hamilton (Mercedes) that anyway improved two positions from the start, and Sainz (Ferrari) who struggled to finish fourth. Difficult start for McLaren, with both drivers (Norris and Piastri) that did not finish the race. Good result for the rookie American drive Logan Sargeant who arrived 12th with Williams.
It's quite clear that Red Bull emerged as the favorite team from the Bahrain Formula 1 pre-season testing. For the Ferrari F1 team (and also for the Mercedes one) the 2023 could be another season chasing the Verstappen records. Charles Leclerc has admitted that Ferrari has still "work to do" to catch Red Bull and to keep Mercedes in distance, since the Hamilton team looked also good during the three day testing event.
Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur says they are "overall happy" with the ground covered in Bahrain. In less than a week it will be already racing time. The season will start in Bahrain the first weekend of March.
Toto Wolff, F1 Mercedes team principal, is a huge cars collector. However he recently decided to cut some ties with one of his competitor F1 teams, selling one of the most precious piece of his collection, a Ferrari F40. The 1990 Ferrari F40 was listed for sale at Tom Hartley JNR and has been sold quite immediately. The car only had 3,440 miles on it at the time of the sale and still has all original parts. The firm speculated that Wolff used the vehicle sparingly because of his day job.
A price was not listed before the sale. However similar models "typically are sold around $1.4 million to $1.7 million”. Experts’ speculations are that this one was sold closer to the higher end of that range due to its pristine condition and ties to the Mercedes F1 boss.
It’s been a busy week about F1 car launches with McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Mercedes showing off their new cars. One area of interest has been the front wing design of Ferrari’s SF-23. The new car’s front wing was fitted with front wing slot gap separators that were similar to what was seen on Mercedes’ version at last season’s United States Grand Prix. Mercedes’ experimental new wing featured five enlarged slot gap separators, but was later asked to change it, which they did for Mexico.
Ferrari have gone down that design route, with a key change to the technical regulations allowing them to do so.
Season five of Drive To Survive will be released on February 24, 2023, and include never-before-seen footage and interviews from the greatest personalities on the Formula 1 grid. The new season will take fans behind the scenes to witness how drivers and teams prepared to go wheel-to-wheel over the 2022 Formula 1 season. The show will cover the 2022 season as Max Verstappen routed the competition to clinch his second world title in far less dramatic but no less impressive fashion than his first.
Drive to Survive has caused a global phenomenon: a surge of new fans to F1 and scores of casual viewers eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the smash-hit Netflix series. The wait is almost over.
Enzo Ferrari was born on February 18th, 1898 ... but his birthday was officially on February 20th, because, people say, he was registered a couple of days later.
On Tuesday February 14th, at 11.25 - Central European Time - in Maranello, Scuderia Ferrari will reveal its new car, which goes by the design code, 675 and now has its official name: SF-23. The launch will be broadcast live on Ferrari’s YouTube and TikTok channels and Scuderia Ferrari’s Facebook profile. For the Ferrari F1 team is the beginning of a new era, under the guidance of a new team principal. Frederic Vasseur replaced Mattia Binotto starting from January 2023.
The rumors are the new SF-23 is one second faster than the 2022 car, the F1-75. The expectations are very high this year and there is no secret the goal is to conquer the championship after more than 15 years from the last titles.
Good news for Ferrari’s employees. According to a Bloomberg report, the Italian manufacturer is set to pay their workers a bonus of $14K for beating expectations on sales and profit last year, an increase of 12.5% on their 2021 reward. However the bonus is only for “normal” production, and F1 group won't receive the extras. The success of the road car business in 2022 was in contrast to Ferrari’s F1 operation, which despite returning to winning, last season failed to win the World Championship.
It’s going to be Ford vs Ferrari again, also in F1. The Ford Motor Company revealed it will be back in F1 starting in 2026. Ford will return to the sport with Red Bull Racing, after Red Bull made a lot of conversations with Porsche led to nothing. That team was originally Stewart Grand Prix but was bought by Ford and rebranded as Jaguar in 2000. Ford will also supply engines to the other team owned by Red Bull, the Italian-based Scuderia AlphaTauri.
Ford's first foray into F1 began in 1967 when Colin Chapman, the head of Lotus, persuaded Ford to pay for the development of a new racing engine that would be a stressed part of the F1 chassis.
Ferrari on Thursday reported full-year profit up 13% year over year and guided to an even stronger year in 2023 on what its CEO called "persistently high demand" for the company's high-priced sports cars. For the full year, Ferrari earned 939 million euros, or 5.09 euros per share, on revenue of 5.095 billion euros. Both were above expectations: Wall Street analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected full-year earnings per share of 4.94 euros on revenue of 4.977 billion euros.
It has been a long and intense auction week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hundreds of the world’s coolest collector cars rolled across auctions all over the city. The big-ticket items arrived on the blocks Friday and Saturday. Among many others, two Ferraris shined during the last and most important auctions. The first is a 1989 Ferrari F40. It started “with no reserve”, with no minimum offer and in few hours reached the final “winning” offer of $2,750,000.
The second was a magnificent 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Scaglietti sold for $3,360,000. The top was anyway the sale of a 2014 Ferrari “LaFerrari” that reached a final offer of $4,075,000.
After almost 2,000 miles raced and 24 hours on the circuit, Tom Blomqvist dominated the final hour in the GTP class with the Meyer Shank Racing's No. 60 Acura prototype, giving his team a second straight win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Blomqvist's co-drivers over the two laps around the clock were Helio Castroneves, Colin Braun and Simon Pagenaud. It's a third straight Rolex win for Castroneves.
In the LMP2 category the winner was No. 55 Oreca Proton Competition, at the stripe by just a hundredth of a second over the No. 04 Oreca of Crowdstrike. LMP3: No. 17 Duqueine of AWA, by 11 laps. GTD Pro: No. 79 Mercedes-AMG of WeatherTech Racing, by 3.9 seconds over the No. 3 Corvette. GTD: No. 27 Aston Martin of Heart of Racing Team, by 5.3 seconds over the No. 44 Aston Martin of Magnus Racing.
Ferrari club of America is going to meet for its Annual Experience in Bend, Oregon, at the end of August. Also, many other events are being published in the regional FCA sites.
Bryan's Events List is selecting all the information and now there are a lot of auctions, F1 GP, and many Ferraris events. Some events are only in a "preliminary" version, with few details, and for sure some more will be added ... Have a look in the list, and choose the events you plan to attend!
Being the big boss of the Mercedes F1 Team means you need to give up on something. Especially if this something is connected with your huge competitor, Ferrari. Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes F1 has just put up for sale a F40 from his supercar collection. The F40 is the first of 27 examples produced by Maranello for the Spanish market, has covered only 5,500 km and has been fully restored by Ferrari’s classic department, under the personal Toto Wolff supervision.
The F40 is the last Ferrari car produced when Enzo Ferrari was still alive. The average value is now more than $2 million. The previous Wolff ownership could even increase the final price.
Washington DC Auto Show opened on Friday 20th and it is possible to visit it until Sunday 29th. It opens the Auto Shows season: on Sunday 29th in Philadelphia there will be the Auto Show, and on February 11th Chicago Auto Show will start. In Washington Auto Show there are many of the latest models, with a special focus on Electric and Hybrid, and with new "all-display" dashboards.
Also, a lot of Supercars: Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, with race models, historic samples, and some of latest commercial products. Toyota presents its new Prius, Jeep and Stellantis display their hybrid and electric and the new Dodge Hornet (that is the American version of new Alfa Romeo Tonale), Ford shows its new Electric Mustang, Chevrolet has many electrics cars that will go on the market next fall, Subaru (as well as Fiat 500) shows the-engine-that-is-not-an-engine under the hood.
Very interesting opportunities for a test drive (for a car, but even for an electric bicycle) ... and a nice possibility of a sample trip (in the inside track) in an electric Hyundai with its futuristic dashboard.
Ferrari has scheduled a 3-day test session in Fiorano for the final week of January. This is repeating the formula used last year, when Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and test driver Robert Shwartzman took to the private track for one day each during the month of January.
This time, however, there will be 4 drivers in action in Fiorano, as recently confirmed reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi will also be on duty, sharing the last day with Shwartzman, as each of them will be driving half day.
The 5th season of Netflix's “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” has been announced and will be streaming on February 24th, 2023. This follows the tradition of the show's latest season being released about a week before the next action-packed season of Formula 1 kicks in. Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a documentary produced on Netflix. It closely follows the lives of F1 drivers and teams and spectates their developments and the problems they face.
It also includes personal interviews of drivers, team principals, and other essential staff of each team. It has been a significant reason for the popularity of the sport in recent years. Each season of this series contains 10 episodes.
Michael Andretti announced last week that his team had partnered with GM through Cadillac to submit an expression of interest to the FIA over becoming a new team in Formula 1, after FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem invited prospective entrants to submit bids for a future place on the grid. The Andretti’s F1 project is to create an All American F1 team, with everything “made in USA” from the management, engineering sector to even the pilots.
It’s not a secret the IndyCar pilot Colton Herta will be the first pick. While Ben Sulayem said the news of the Andretti-Cadillac partnership was “welcome”, Formula 1 itself responded to the news with a somewhat tepid statement regarding possible future entrants to the grid, as the FIA president’s invitation is merely the first stage.
RM Sotheby’s is bringing another exceptional vehicle to auction, adding to its robust catalog. This time, on January 26th in Arizona, a 1995 Ferrari F512 M will take the stage. This Ferrari model made its debut in 1994 and served as the last iteration of the Italian automaker’s Testarossa. The vehicle up for grabs is number 16 out of a total of 75 models created for the US market. On top of that, it is one of two examples that was completed in Canna di Fucile Metallizzato over Beige/Castro.
Additionally, the car only has just over 14,000 miles. The car is set to fetch between $625,00 - $700,000. Specifications of the car include a 12-cylinder engine with 440 horsepower, titanium connecting rods.
New McLaren boss Andrea Stella - former engineer for the Maranello scuderia - is expecting Ferrari to have a strong start to 2023, having stated that the Italian team are said to be "very happy" with their new car. Stella was recently appointed as Team Principal at McLaren earlier in December following the departure of Andreas Seidl to the role of CEO at Sauber. According to Stella, the Maranello-based team are feeling positive about their 2023 challenger.
"I know that at Ferrari they are very happy with the new car, and so they will definitely have a competitive start", Stella told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. Stella expects that the top three teams Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes will remain ahead of the pack into the new campaign, stating: "The teams to beat again in the next F1 season are the same, even if Mercedes is expected to have more reasons since the bad last season”.
Do tou want to have a real F1 car parked in your property and do you want to drive it? Now it could be possible, for a record price. An ex-Jean Alesi Ferrari 643 driven in 1991 by the French pilot is being in an auction for a presale price of between $3.1 million and $3.6 million in Paris. The car in the auction is chassis number 127 and boasts a 3.5 litre V12 engine that produces 710hp.
Alesi drove the car for Ferrari around Magny-Cours in 1991 to finish in fourth place, with the chassis also doing races in Australia and the UK. RM Sotheby's will put the car up for auction in Paris on February 1st at Salles du Carrousel in Louvre Palace.
All the car lovers now know it. Ferrari have revealed their 2023 challenger will be unveiled to the world on February 14th. The car currently goes by project number 675 but has no official name yet. The only news is a moor powerful engine, with extra 30 HP. Ferrari's last car, the F1-75, returned the team to winning ways after a fallow couple of seasons for the team.
The Scuderia had not won a race since 2019 but Charles Leclerc took two victories from the first three races in 2022 to put himself and the team right back in title contention. Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will continue as team mates at Ferrari for the third consecutive season, but it's all change at the top, after the Scuderia recently appointed ex-Sauber Frederic Vasseur.
A gift for the new year to all the Ferrari fans. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is bringing out the world's most immersive mega-coaster, Mission Ferrari, starting from January 12, 2023. This new addition will expand the World's Leading Theme Park's exciting offerings to an even wider range of Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, for both adults and younger guests.
Lucky Annual Pass Holders will be able to enjoy exclusive access from January 5th, 2023, prior to the highly anticipated launch of Mission Ferrari, which reaffirms Ferrari World Abu Dhabi's continuous enhancements for the guest experience with every new addition. In 2020, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi launched the all-new Roof Walk and Zip Line experiences for guests seeking a thrilling adventure.
Frederic Vasseur is the new team manager of Ferrari F1. The Frenchman, 54, the current boss of the Alfa Romeo/Sauber team, will replace Mattia Binotto on January 9th. Ferrari said last month that Binotto, 53, who has been with them since 1995, resigned. Vasseur marks a clear break from Ferrari's strategy of choosing team principals over the last decade and a half, where all the management was from the team. Vasseur's key responsibility will be to ensure Ferrari's race operations improvement.
Andretti family’s hopes to join the F1 circuit with his own team are still alive, now more than ever. At the groundbreaking ceremony of Andretti's new headquarters for the IndyCar team and possibly the upcoming F1 team, Andretti last week thanked another attendee, Mark Walter, Guggenheim's CEO. The company already bought US baseball team Los Angeles Dodgers and British football club Chelsea, among others.
Guggenheim's wallet is said to hold some $5.3 billion. Dan Towriss, CEO of Group 1001 and owner of Gainbridge (sponsors of Andretti), is also an investor in Andretti's F1 plan and said, "There's a lot of conversations going on [with the F1]. They [F1] have an expectation on approach and decorum that people should take in dealing with them, and we respect that."
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet has just emerged from a forgotten garage in the state of New York.
The car is now for auction in a couple of sites for a starting price of $ 1,275,000. That could be the only 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet unrestored. The car had a Blu Scuro body with Rosso leather interior. Chassis 3051 has a factory completion date of November 25, 1961 and is the 152nd of a total of 200 built. It was first registered in Milan, Italy to its first owner.
In 1971 the Ferrari was exported from Europe to New York, NY USA.
Formula 1’s 2023 calendar has just been confirmed by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, and it’s a big one. The 2023 F1 season will kick off in Bahrain on March 3 before covering 22 races ahead of the season close in Abu Dhabi on November 26th. During the end of the year gala in Bologna, FIA and F1 just confirmed the GP in China, Shangai, is officially cancelled. The organization is looking for replacing this race and not going back to 23 races.
The possible venues are the circuits in Turkey, Portugal and South France. Those are all places constantly monitored by the F1 as possible replacement.
Ferrari decided to stop taking Purosangue SUV orders. The waiting list is now two years despite customers not yet having the chance to even drive the vehicle. Ferrari’s chief marketing and commercial officer Enrico Galliera confirmed the Purosangue is sold out for the next two years. Maranello confirmed that 2,200 to 3,000 Purosangues will be built each year, reaching anyway a total smaller number compare to the real competitor, the Lamborghini Urus that in 2021 sold 5,021 cars.
However, the Ferrari strategies are completely different from the Lamborghini ones. Maranello decided from the very beginning to set a limit of 20 percent of the total production as reserve for the SUVs production.
F1 canceled the Chinese Grand Prix in 2023. F1 organization said the decision is due to the very strict anti Covid 19 regulations still present in China, according to a statement released last week. The race was scheduled in Shanghai on April 16, marking F1's first race in China since 2019. But the situation forced F1 "assessing alternative options" for the 4th race of the 2023 season calendar. F1 still plans to have 24 races, so they are trying to replace this appointment with another circuit.
Mattia Binotto is leaving his position as Ferrari Formula 1 team boss and managing director of the company’s sporting division, according to reports in Italy. Even if the team rejected the speculation before and also after the last race of the Champions in Abu Dhabi, now the news seems to be sure and the parts are just waiting to define the very last particulars.
Following the probable departure of Binotto from the team, there are already many different hypothesis about the possible substitutes, among many others there is also one about the Sauber-Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur and one about Ross Brawn.
The US driver Logan Sargeant earned the Super License he needed to be confirmed as new pilot for Williams team in the next season of F1, replacing the Canadian Latifi. The 21-year-old is set to become the first American driver to compete in the series since Alexander Rossi in 2015. Sargeant currently competed until now in Formula Two for Carlin and is part of the Williams Driver Academy.
The Florida driver started racing when he was 8 years old. He made his F1 practice debut in 2022 at the Austin GP and from 2023 he will join Albon on the grid.
The world champion Max Verstappen won also the last F1 GP of the season in Abu Dhabi as Charles Leclerc secured second in the overall standings. Leclerc, who made just one stop, held on to second ahead of Verstappen’s two-stopping team mate Sergio Perez to edge him in battle for second. Carlos Sainz, who went wheel-to-wheel with Lewis Hamilton early in the race, was 4th for Ferrari ahead of Mercedes racer George Russell, who served a 5-second time penalty for unsafe release in his pitstop.
Hamilton instead was forced to retire, due to some damages after hitting with Sainz. However all the weekend was about the German driver Sebastian Vettel, four time world champion, who is retiring and in Abu Dhabi celebrated his last race with a good tenth place.
Hollywood seems to be all about Ferrari and racing stories. After the new biopic all about Enzo Ferrari (starring Adam Driver) there is now another one. The starting line of this new one is "Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend" (now streaming on demand), starring Frank Grilllo as Ferruccio Lamborghini, Mira Sorvino as his second wife Annita and Gabriel Byrne as Enzo Ferrari.
The movie is about how Lamborghini started his cars business from his previous tractors business. Ferruccio Lamborghini started the cars business after being complaining about his new Ferrari sport car. The movie is a homage to the two most iconic Italian car brands and to the most famous and creative rivalry.
An unique collection will be soon auctioned. The 18-car fleet includes some of the most famous supercars ever built and could be worth more than $45 million combined. It is being billed as the Gran Turismo collection, and the owner who has consigned it to RM Sotheby's is keeping their identity a secret. Following closely behind is a 1985 Ferrari GTO that has been driven just 8,000 miles and is valued at $4.5 million. A 1997 Ferrari F50 has the same valuation as its sibling.
George Russell (Mercedes) won his first F1 GP on Sunday in Brazil after arriving first also on Saturday during the Sprint Race. Mercedes dominated the weekend with Hamilton second both days, and voted as Driver of the Day on Sunday. The American team Haas had had a good started on Friday with the first place from Magnussen during the qualifying. Ferrari team recovered with a third place from Sainz, and the Red Bull were forced at the fifth and sixth place.
The world champion Max Verstappen at the beginning of the race collided with Hamilton (forcing him temporarily at the 8th place), then refused openly to follow the team orders about leaving the teammate Perez in front. The Dutch passed the Mexican putting his second place at risk. Perez and Leclerc now tied. The 2022 championship final race will be in a week, November Sunday the 20th, in Abu Dhabi.
RM Sotheby’s just announced a new auction for the the Ferrari racing cars lovers. The F1 Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher and protagonist of five race victories in 2003 will be auctioned next week in Geneva. The announcement arrived only few days ago. This is not like the other Schumacher car, this is one of the most victorious car that gave the Championship to the German pilot. Bidders and investors seem ready.
The sellers already announced that the red "Chassis 229" Ferrari raced by the nine time world champion could reach up to $9.4 million.
In a real Las Vegas style party, with drones style fireworks, concerts, games and cars rides, F1 launched last Saturday night the 2023 GP of Las Vegas. The third GP on US soil and the fifth in Nord America will be host the third weekend of November 2023. Hamilton, Sergio Perez, George Russell and Alex Albon were in attendance for the F1 Launch Party in Vegas, while fans also enjoyed live car runs, the Formula 1 Pit Stop Challenge, F1 Esports simulators, car and trophy photo opportunities and ex
Hamilton, Sergio Perez, George Russell and Alex Albon were in attendance for the F1 Launch Party in Vegas, while fans also enjoyed live car runs, the Formula 1 Pit Stop Challenge, F1 Esports simulators, car and trophy photo opportunities and exclusive giveaways on the famous Strip. In consideration of the huge request, and after some criticisms about the skyrocket level prices, F1 announced for Vegas new 3-day tickets starting from $500.
Nearly after 50 years after the last Le Mans race, Ferrari presented its newly developed Le Mans Hypercar racer at Imola, signaling its return to top-class endurance racing. The public will see this amazing car in action in a matter of months, as it will contest for the first time at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, which takes place in mid-March 2023.
The 499P will be four-wheel drive, with an Xtrac seven-speed sequential transmission sending power from the gas engine to the rear wheels, while a differential splits torque from the single ratio electric motor up front that is powered by a 900-volt battery pack, charged by Ferrari's Energy Recovery System (ERS), which recharges during deceleration and braking and requires no external power source. The car was heavily influenced by technology used in Ferrari's Formula 1 program.
After a US F1 Gp full of drama, the Mexico Gp was just about high altitude and strategies, with the Ferrari team a little bit missed out. The two Maranello’s drivers, Sainz and Leclerc, finished fifth and sixth. The front part of the race was all about the Red Bull and Mercedes, with Max Verstappen (Red Bull) first, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) second and the home hero Perez (Mercedes) third. The podium was exactly the copy of the one from 2021.
Russell (Mercedes) was fourth with one extra point for the fastest lap. All the teams surprised almost everybody opting at the end for just one change of tires. Alonso (Alpine) wasn’t able to finish the race due to some engine failure. Ricciardo (McLaren) won the title “driver of the day” despite he was penalized for pushing out Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri).
A perfect Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione, a race car-turned-test bench that the company built in only five units of in the 1980s is currently being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s. It was finished in 1988 and sold to Belgian pilot Jean Blaton in December of that year. The selling dealer purchased it in 1992, and kept it until a private collector in the United Kingdom bought it in 2006.
The car then went through the hands of current Aston Martin chairman, Lawrence Stroll, Rick White, David SK Lee, and David Raisbeck. It's been housed in a private collection located in Europe since 2019. The price could be multiple million.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won an amazing US F1 GP in Austin giving the constructor title to his team and honoring in the best way Dieter Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull, who passed away last Saturday. Verstappen was immediately first right after the start, passing Sainz (Ferrari) who was hit from rear by Russel (Mercedes) and forced to end the race at the first lap for radiator issues.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) managed to lead the race for many laps and gained even more advantage when Verstappen had a problem at the pit stop. Third place for Leclerc, able to recovery from the 12th position, after the penalties. The race had also a couple of safety cars, one of them after a terrible crash between Alonso and Stroll.
After the official presentation of the Ferrari Purosangue SUV last month, the automaker has received so many orders that the car brand could be forced to stop receiving orders. Ferrari has announced only 20% of its total sales will be for the Purosangue SUV every year. This means only one among every five Ferrari cars will be the Purosangue SUV. Ferrari’s chief commercial and marketing officer, Enrico Galliera, reportedly said that the auto manufacturer risks not being able to satisfy demand.
The next one is going to be an incredible weekend in Austin for cars lovers and F1 fans. Even though the championship title has been already assigned to Verstappen (Red Bull), the three day event will see new cars on the circuit for the Ferrari and Mercedes team (few but important aero modifications). The other teams also will test some new solutions.
The three days event will be fulfilled with a lot of other appointments starting from the concerts by Ed Sheeran, Chainsmokers, Robert Thick, Post Malone, Green Day and many others, with also a dj set with Shaquille O’Neal.
Five races before the end of the championship, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) conquered officially the 2022 F1 title in Japan, winning the Suzuka GP after a race stopped and resumed for the heavy rain and poor visibility. The rain was heavy and right after the first start a lot of accidents occurred. Sainz (Ferrari) and Albon (Williams) spun and crushed because of the heavy rain. Gasly (Alpha Tauri) was hit by an ad panel. The race resumed at the end just for a while.
Fia decided anyway to give the full amount of points, and after a penalty to Leclerc (Ferrari). During the real race few things happened as the duel between Leclerc and Perez (Red Bull), and the one between Hamilton (Mercedes) and Ocon (Alpine). Fastest lap for Zhou with Alfa Romeo (Ferrari power unit).
Hollywood star Adam Driver is going “Italian” again after acting as Maurizio Gucci, in the recent “House if Gucci”. He will be Enzo Ferrari in the movie “Ferrari” that has been filming on the streets of Italy, and it’s racing toward a 2023 worldwide theatrical.
The A-list cast includes Penélope Cruz as Ferrari’s wife Laura Ferrari; Shailene Woodley as his mistress Lina Lardi; Patrick Dempsey as fellow racecar driver Piero Taruffi; Jack O’Connell as racer Peter Collins; Sarah Gadon as Linda Christian and Gabriel Leone as charismatic driver Alfonso De Portago.
Ferrari is for sure not-a-struggling car company right now. In the face of a global economic downturn, the Italian automaker's cars remain in high demand, with shipments in Q2 of this year up by 28.7% compared to the same period last year and record revenues reported over the same period.
Moreover, Morgan Stanley's latest positive assessment of Ferrari includes the new Purosangue, with the analysts raising their earnings-per-share estimates for the Maranello-based carmaker by between 7% to 10% for the 2023-2025 fiscal years.
Sergio Perez (Red Bull) won the Singapore GP, despite a penalty and after a race full of rain, pitstops, crashes, and safety cars. Second place for Leclerc (Ferrari) unable to keep the first position gained on Saturday during the qualifying. Third place for Sainz (Ferrari). Fourth and fifth place for Norris and Ricciardo (McLaren). Verstappen (Red Bull) arrived only seventh, not clinching the Championship yet. Fastest lap for Russell (Mercedes), who arrived only 14th.
Ninth place for Hamilton (Mercedes), able to give some brilliant moments to this race but too penalized from a crash.